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Spiritual Direction support, training and guidelines

Alongside a team of those working in the field of spiritual direction training, The Retreat Association has produced a set of Spiritual Direction Guidelines.

Who are these guidelines for:

These Guidelines are available to download and may be adapted for your own use – please acknowledge any alterations or additions that you make to the original document and include a reference to the original.

Training in Spiritual Direction

The Retreat Association holds a list of local training courses in Spiritual Direction – please contact us to request this information.

Spiritual Direction Forum – Join the conversation

There is currently the possibility of holding a National Forum for Spiritual Direction. See this page for further information and to give your feedback.

Online Conference for Spiritual Direction trainers February 2021

The Retreat Association holds a conference every two years for those who are responsible for training others in Spiritual Direction. This includes opportunities for ongoing training and sharing expertise.

The next conference will be on 9-10 February 2021 and will be online. Please see below for a programme, further information and bookings.

pdf icon Conference for SD trainers 2021 - draft programme
pdf icon Report to SD Consultation November 2020


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